Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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May 17–31, 2019, Thursdays–Sundays
The Slate Theater Industrial District (Seattle)
What has an overabundance of cannibalism jokes, a Game of Thrones-esque body count, and some of the wittiest, prettiest songs you’ve ever heard? Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s gory slice of melodrama Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The 1979 musical took a 19th-century penny-dreadful monster and transformed him into the embodiment of class-based trauma, framed in a cheerily horrific story of “man devouring man.” The small but impressive Reboot Company’s non-traditional casting upends the “man” while intensifying parallels to our own overheated pop culture. Aside from heightening the camp at times, the casting choices mainly gave excellent actors like Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney)  a crack at killer roles that would normally be denied them. Nichols, coldly magnetic, plays up Sweeney’s trauma, flinching when unexpectedly touched, glowering at a creeping societal rot no one else sees. by Joule Zelman

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815 Seattle Blvd S Seattle, WA 98134 Venue website


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